Canucks fire Alain Vigneault after second unsuccessful post-season

Gillis & Vigneault

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “The Flying V” Vanstone weighs in today on the Nucks news of firing head coach Alain Vigneault and assistant coaches Rick Bowness and Newell Brown on Wednesday afternoon just 15 days after the Canucks were swept by the San Jose Sharks, marking the end of an era for Vancouver Canucks hockey. It could be a long summer for Canucks fans.

Welcome back to Vancouver Pavel Bure…we’ve missed you! #Retire10

Pavel

NWSB Insider and Managing Editor “Q” weighs in with yet another post on Pavel Bure. The iconic Canucks legend who deserves to have his jersey retired by the Nucks organization. Bure played for 12 seasons in the NHL with the Canucks, Florida Panthers and New York Rangers. He played his first game for the us on November 5, 1991. Owner Francesco Aquilini brought Bure back to Vancouver this week. Vancouver let him know they appreciated him still.

NWSB Picks: The weekly Vancouver Canucks three stars

Identical contracts, identical twins… but definitely not identical players.

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Bryan McFarlane weighs in with his Nucks three stars post. Here are the few noteworthy performers from March March 25th to April 1st during the Canucks 2013 campaign. Daniel Sedin, Henrik Sedin, and Alexandre Burrows make the list this week. Bryan points out things will certainly not be any easier in the final stretch of games this season, so here’s hoping they sharpen up those skates and get down to business.

Ryan Kesler practices with team, could play tomorrow

kesler canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck brings us up to speed on the storylines involving Ryan Kesler and his possible first game of the season this week vs. the Dallas Stars on Friday night. While he’s itching to get back into the lineup, you have to admire him for not rushing back like he did last season after only five games. Kesler wasn’t the same player that scored 41 goals and won the Selke award in 2011 during the 2011-12 season.

Memo to Gillis & Vigneault…Get on the same page regarding Cory Schneider!

Gillis & Vigneault

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “the Flying V” Vanstone tells us the Nucks have a bunch of question marks when it comes to Roberto Luongo and Cory Schneider. Schneider failed to deliver the opening night performance general manager Mike Gillis was hoping for as he attempts to deal away Vancouver’s more expensive goaltender.

Jordan Schroeder has a huge opportunity at Canucks 2013 training camp

Jordan Schroeder

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges weighs in with some analysis of what he thinks Jordan Schroeder’s chances are for sticking with the big club come the 2013 regular season facing off. He points out initial reports out of camp have Jordan a bundle of nerves, gripping his stick tightly, making mistakes in drills and getting pushed around by Andrew Alberts.

Lockout Blues – Forbes Sees Value in NHL, Schneider Doesn’t

Cory Schneider Canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “the Flying V” Vanstone weighs in with another lockout post today. This time he’s telling us that the fans aren’t the only ones getting sick and tired of the latest installment of the Lockout. Cory Scheider is taking his talents to Switzerland, where he will be tending goal for Ambri Piotta of the Swiss National League A.

Canucks Goalie Cory Schneider signs with Ambri-Piotta of Swiss-A League

cory schneider canucks

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck reports today on the news that has surfaced about netminder Cory Schneider. He is in Switzerland and “ready to go” according to his agent Mike Liut. Early on in the lockout Schneider wasn’t sure about playing overseas and getting used to the larger ice surface, but with no end for the lockout in sight, it was time to make a decision.

Rumor Mill: Canucks to retire Bure’s number, or not?

Pavel Bure

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Mitch Dyck weighs in on if the Canucks should retire Pavel Bure’s #10 jersey number this year. Right now the Canucks need to figure out if the most electrifying player to wear a Canucks sweater is worthy of their most prestigious honor. Different papers in Vancouver have different opinions. it’s obvious what’s next. We’re going to have a Botchford v MacIntyre bare-knuckled boxing match.

Lockout Blues? Frustration turns up the shapheat for Canucks fans

NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “the Flying V” Vanstone weighs in with another lockout post today. He points out a bitter October without NHL hockey has left fans across the league irritable and irrational, and as winter fast approaches the thought of another no-puck November has raised off-season emotions to an all-time high. Please bring hockey back soon.

Lockout Blues Episode 2: A hockey-free Halloween for Canucks fans

Zack Kassian

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Kevin “the Flying V” Vanstone weighs in tonight on Halloween night. Kev points out thanks to Sean McIndoe fans we have Gary Bettman’s Halloween party to cheer them up, and Zack Kassian looks hilarious in a hotdog suit, but the end of October just doesn’t feel the same to him this season. Please bring hockey back soon.

*My* five Vancouver Canucks benefiting from the NHL lockout

Zack Kassian

NWSB Insider and Vancouver Canucks blogger Richard Hodges points out today it’s nice to see the framework of a 50/50 deal finally floating around but because the two sides can’t agree on the dollar figure that will be split, we’ve now lost November and the Winter Classic is hanging in the balance. He looks at some Canucks who are benefiting from the lockout which today. Ryan Kesler, Roberto Luongo, Zack Kassian, Jason Garrison make the list.

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